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11 Jul 2018

Deck Designs – Things to Consider

Deck Designs on your list of things to explore this summer? Deck designs and patios are a great addition to any home. In addition to providing a comfortable space to enjoy the outdoors, deck designs can also make a statement! With the ever-increasing supply of products available, the options are nearly limitless to create a visually pleasing space that you feel comfortable in. If you are looking to spice up your patio this summer, we’ve got a few suggestions!

Deck Designs and Railings:

Aside from the obvious safety factors, railings can really bring patios to life. Upgrading or replacing your existing railings can freshen up older deck designs and patios. While there are many materials available for railings, from simple wood to classic wrought iron, glass is one of our favourites! Glass railings provide an uninterrupted view as well as a windscreen. Additionally, they tend to be relatively low maintenance, since they won’t corrode or rust like iron and they won’t require regular staining like wood. We can install glass railings with a top rail or without, so they’re also customizable. Regardless of what you choose, upgrading or replacing your railings can rejuvenate your outdoor space.

Deck Designs, Patio Covers and Awnings:

Patio covers and retractable awnings can go a long way to adding some life to your deck designs and your patios. Both choices allow you to use your outdoor space longer, as they provide protection from sun and rain. Patio covers are fixed structures and they can be made with opaque roof panels, glass, or a combination of the two. They are virtually maintenance free and have a long lifespan. Retractable awnings are not fixed, so you can use them when needed. They are constructed out of fabric and can be motorized or manually set up. Awnings are low maintenance, requiring only a small amount of cleaning to keep them functional. They have a long lifespan as well, though the fabric will need replacing with time. Either option will offer you more opportunities to enjoy your outdoor space!

Deck Designs, Containers and Planters:

Containers also make a statement for your deck designs and your patios. With so many different types and sizes now available, they can be a simple way to add style to your outdoor space. Some planters have directional designs, so if you have glass railings, make sure you like the back design too! Style isn’t the only thing to consider though; the materials your planters are made with can make a difference to how much maintenance you’ll need to do. Metal containers for full sun deck designs and patios may need additional watering as they’ll heat up quickly, and terra cotta or glazed pots may need to be stored during the winter to prevent cracking in freezing temperatures. Make sure your choices suit your deck designs, whether your look is laid back and low maintenance, elegant and sophisticated, or vibrant and fun!

Deck Designs and Plants:

Flowers and herbs can really bring deck designs and patios to life! Whether you want classic greenery or a riot of colour, plants are a quick and easy way to bring a fresh look to your outdoor space. While you’re choosing plants, you should consider whether you will have new flowers replanted every year or whether you will want plants that mature over time. Your local garden centre can advise you on the best plants for your deck designs, patio, and the look you’re going for. If you choose to house multiple plants in the same container, consider planting taller flowers or herbs in the middle of your planter. This is especially important with glass railings, since you’ll want to see your plants from all sides!

 

Deck Designs and Furniture:

Outdoor furniture comes in a wide variety of materials and styles. Many places carry outdoor furniture and can advise you on what materials will best suit your needs. Some considerations include durability, style, and required maintenance. If you already have furniture that you love, consider livening things up with outdoor cushions or a new coat of paint. Furniture makes a statement in your deck designs, so make sure it matches the feel of what you’re going for. Consider whether your style will work with weathering, or whether your look will need to be refreshed regularly to keep the feel you want. Do your research first!

 

Ultimately, whether you choose to upgrade your railings, buy new containers, plant a herb garden, install some shelter, or repaint your favourite chair, make sure you choose something you’re going to enjoy. If you’re comfortable with your deck designs, you’ll be using those deck designs for a long time to come!

19 Nov 2017

Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures

Treat yourself to a new frameless glass shower this holiday season

If you already have your two front teeth, then perhaps all you want for Christmas is that dream bathroom you’ve been thinking about all year. This is a perfect time to treat yourself to a bathroom refresh and a frameless glass shower enclosure is a great place to start.

Frameless glass shower enclosures do wonders for bathroom design. They effectively open up any bathroom space (big or small) by making it look bigger, brighter and showcase beautiful tile work instead of hiding it.

Advantages of a Glass Shower Enclosure

  1. AestheticSleek and modern style
  2. TimelessA look that will age well with your home and decor
  3. Low-Maintenance: Easy to upkeep and maintain with regular glass cleaning
  4. Durable: Frameless glass shower enclosures have minimal parts and metal bracketing. Fewer parts mean less things to break
  5. Versatile: Can be designed to fit in any space and any bathroom layout

Kick it up a notch with ClearSheild

We are proud to also offer our frameless glass shower enclosures with the cutting edge ClearShield Eco-System. Shower glass treated with ClearShield ensures the shower or bath enclosure glass stays as clean and as shiny as it looked on installation day. The ClearShield Eco-System helps resist limescale and improves hygiene by fighting against mold and the growth of bacteria.

Clearshield Benefits: 

  • Keeps shower glass looking like new
  • Reduces water spots
  • Easier to clean
  • Stays cleaner for longer
  • Reduces bacteria growth

If a bathroom upgrade is on your holiday wishlist, you have come to the right place. Naughty or nice, we think everyone deserves their dream bathroom. We’ll help you get there with a beautiful new frameless glass shower enclosure.

Get a Frameless Glass Shower Quote

26 Oct 2017
Sealed Window Unit

What is a Sealed Window Unit?

What is a Sealed Unit?

A sealed unit is the glass or glazing part of a window that sits inside the frame. The sealed unit usually consists of two or three panes of glass, separated by a vacuum or gas-filled pocket of air that helps with insulation and reduces heat transfer.

Extra Insulation

Sealed Units have a high insulation value, designed to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They put in the work, so your furnace or air conditioner can do less. Sealed units can also be treated with low-e coatings that block sun to reduce ultraviolet light from coming into your home. This coating also helps with insulation.  

When to Replace a Sealed Unit?

1. Window Fogging

Replacing sealed units are a cost-effective and eco-friendly option. If you begin to notice fogging between the panes of glass and your windows are less than 15 years old and still, in good condition, they are likely eligible for sealed unit replacement. Replacing just the sealed unit, instead of the entire window will save you money in the long run.

2. Broken Windows

Windows with broken glass or seal should also be replaced. It is not just an aesthetic issue, but when the airtight seal is compromised so will your heating bill. In this case, replacing the sealed unit will make your home safer and more energy efficient.

When It’s Time For a Full Window Replacement

Sometimes replacing the sealed unit is not enough and you will need a full window replacement. Here’s what to look out for:

  • If you only have single pane glazing and want to upgrade to more energy efficient windows
  • If your current window frames are damaged, warped  or rotten
  • If you begin to notice drafts or cold air near your windows

 

Ready to replace your sealed unit? Click here to request a quote.

02 Oct 2017

5 Ways Mirrors Make Any Space Feel Bigger & Brighter

Mirrors in your home or business serve a lot of purposes. As decorative pieces they offer a clean and shiny look, but even more, they can create optical illusions. When placed correctly, mirrors can drastically increase the feel of a room by making it seem bigger and brighter.

Give your space a facelift with these 5 mirror tricks:

1. Mirrors in your home create texture.

You can add texture to your room by either installing mirrors with a textured frame, or  by simply positioning your mirror in a spot that reflects a textured object elsewhere in the room. This is a handy trick to add to extra “furnishings” without actually having to purchase more decor.

2. Mirrors in your home create the illusion of space.

Bigger isn’t always better, except when using mirrors to make a space seem larger. The simple formula is: the bigger the mirror, the more space it will appear to fabricate. You can enhance this optical illusion even more by facing your mirror opposite a window. Reflecting the outdoors will bring in lovely natural light.

3Mirrors in your home improve light.

This tip is all about placement. Try installing your mirrors across from a window. As mentioned above, it will bring in a lot more natural light into the room and allow you to create the perfect angle of light allowing it to bounce throughout the room for added brightness.

4. Mirrors in your home can fake a window.

By placing a floor-length mirror in between two windows, you can fool the eye into thinking there are three windows instead of two.

5. Mirrors in your home – adjacent walls.

This tactic really makes a statement. By lining two adjacent walls with mirrors, they end up bouncing the light off of each other and around the room. This design works really well for restaurants, stores, and other gathering areas where you want to create the illusion of a bigger crowd.

So before you grab the sledgehammer and start knocking down walls, try a mirror first. We think you’ll be pretty surprised at how positively deceiving they can be.

Contact us to discuss how we can help you maximize your space with mirrors

19 Jun 2017

Replacing Glass: Change your Glass

Glass Replacement: Change your Glass.

Replacing Glass; Change your Glass: We often grow accustomed to the way something looks and think "it's just the way it is". However swapping out glass elements can add new life or a new look to many elements around your home. Here are 5 places in your home where you can take a second look and add a new sense of style to your décor.

Cabinet and Cupboard Door Glass

Old cabinet door glass can make your cabinets look outdated. Drop in some new glass though and get an instant upgrade to a much more modern and stylish look. Perhaps you’ve been looking at your old kitchen cabinet cupboard doors and considering a kitchen renovation. Turning these solid doors into glass doors will create a stunning new look.

Replacing Glass in your Railings

The idea of replacing your aluminium railing might not be in the budget for this year but there are other options to consider. While older glass is strong and durable, it can look weathered after a while and start showing its age. Replacing the glass panels can be the easiest way to update your aluminium railing and have it looking like new.

If it's a new railing that you’re looking for, we can certainly provide you with a free quote. Or, you can look at a DIY Wood and Glass railing system. There are many DIY step by steps tutorials out there, if you’re looking for a project to fill up a few weekends.

If you love the idea of looking through your glass railings but you really don't appreciate the neighbour's kids staring at you while you're enjoying your morning coffee or end of the day cold one, we have good news. You can solve your problem by replacing the glass panels on the sides of the deck with obscure glass. For even more privacy consider a glass privacy wall.

Replacing Glass in your Windows and Patio Doors

Although nothing brightens a room better than new windows (frames and glass) there is another option: just replace the glass. Referred to as a Sealed Unit, the glass portion of the window can be removed and replaced without having to take the window out of the house. Sealed Units are typically comprised of 2 (Double Glaze) or 3 (Triple Glazed) glass sheets with Low E on various glass surfaces and Argon in between the panes for added insulating value. Sealed units that are 15+ years old aren't nearly as energy efficient as these newer units and their replacement could mean some big savings for you.

Sunrooms & Patio Covers

Tired of your windows sweating in your older sunroom? Don't like the discoloured sheets of semi-transparent plastic that are covering your patio cover? New glass to the rescue(again)! Replace single sheets of glass with sealed units to provide more energy efficiency and substitute that old yellowing plastic with single tempered glass sheets, or better yet, sealed units.

Fireplace Glass

Yes we can swap that out as well. Like sealed units, the glass technology that is available these days is far superior to that of 10+ years ago. You'll want to look for  Neo-ceramic Glass as this has now become part of the Building Code for glass and wood burning fireplaces.

Can we help you? The glaziers at Budget Glass are at the ready to help you with any and all of the projects mentioned above. We'd be happy to make suggestions as to what type of glass to use for your project, the right thicknesses and tips for best usage. There are several things to take into consideration, and our expertise is at your service. Can we help you?